"I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me." –Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)
Sojourner Truth (born Isabella Baumfree) was a powerful woman: an evangelist, abolitionist, and human rights activist. Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin), remarked that she had never “been conversant with anyone who had more of that silent and subtle power which we call personal presence than this woman.” At one point Truth even traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with President Abraham Lincoln at the White House.
How did this African-American woman, born into slavery, uneducated and illiterate, make such a powerful impact on a culture that tried to keep her powerless?